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Road Racer’s Adventures: BSB Snetterton, Day 2

Superbike:

Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin increased his BSB Championship lead to 14 points, following an entertaining opening 14 lap race at Snetterton.

Gradually improving his pace throughout, Irwin’s potent turn of speed from mid race onwards was illustrated by setting the fastest lap of the race, 1 minute 48.319 seconds.

Ultimately finishing fourth just a whisker off making it four podium finishes from four starts this year, he proved that his performances at Donington Park were no fluke and that he’s majorly in contention for Championship honours.

Respected fellow roads/circuits racer Peter Hickman again placed amongst the highest-ranking BMW riders, taking the Global Robots Smiths Racing BMW to a creditable 13th place finish.

ON1 Racing’s Brian McCormack whilst the 22nd and final race finisher, is continuing to step by step improve his confidence, pace of the Norfolk based Snetterton circuit and hasn’t disgraced himself against the top-level competition.

Supersport/GP2:

The first of two British Supersport race stints at Snetterton, didn’t disappoint the International road racing fraternity.

Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston, backed up his impressive practice, qualifying form with an excellent third place finish.

Holding throughout the fastest lap of the race, Halifax’s Johnston added post-race alongside his delight of a podium finish that he will undertake hopefully next week an operation to solve an arm pump problem.

Fellow countryman Alastair Seeley sped in style to British GP2 class honours, as the 40 year-old proved he’s still as competitive as ever.

18th overall, York’s Joe Thompson placed sixth within the British GP2 class after another accomplished display aboard the Spirit Moto Corsa Moto 2 mount.

Superstock:

Davey Todd continues to lead the International roads challenge at Snetterton within the National Superstock 1000 class, after qualifying fifth for tomorrow’s sole production machinery encounter.

Honda Racing’s Todd, finished just over eight tenths of a second off securing a maiden class pole position and will definitely be one to watch on Sunday.

16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson (Edwards 1902 BMW) placed 19th quickest whilst current Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison (Harrison Engineering Kawasaki) finished just over 1.4 seconds down on Hutchinson’s best lap time to finish 24th quickest.

Immingham’s Craig Neve placed 27th fastest just ahead of PRL Racing’s Sam West whilst 2019 Junior Manx GP runner-up Stephen Smith dipped under the 1 minute 59 seconds barrier, to successfully qualify for tomorrow’s race action.

Superstock 600:

Adam McLean enjoyed another productive stint on the Binch Racing YZF R6 Yamaha, taking eighth in National Superstock 600 qualifying.

McLean widely regarded amongst Northern Ireland’s fastest rising roads stars, doesn’t look out of place against the hungry, ambitious opposition and is another one to keep an eye on tomorrow.

Ducati TriOptions Cup:

Following the morning qualifying session, the Ducati TriOptions Cup field opened their Snetterton 300 race accounts in the afternoon.

Craig Neve a podium finisher at Donington Park, battled his way through to a solid seventh place finish.

Whilst 23 times TT winner John McGuinness piloting the Lund Group supported Ducati, ninth place finish sees him seventh in the current TriOptions Cup Championship standings, just three points behind Immingham’s Neve.

British Sidecars:

Tim Reeves/Kevin Rousseau had to call upon all of their combined determination in abundance to seal Sidecars Race 1 honours.

Southern 100, TT winner Reeves/Rousseau just got the better of Andy Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood to take race victory by only 0.319 of a second! as red flags arose on lap seven.

Silicone Barnes Racing team mates Lewis Blackstock/Patrick Rosney, John Holden/Jake Lowther placed respectively fifth, sixth.

Whilst position number seven on the results sheet was clinched by the all-conquering, history making Birchall brothers Ben & Tom.

Words by Stevie Rial

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